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VK3FRRR

Portable QRP Maroondah Reservoir Park

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Took the FT-817 and a new EFHW antenna out today and had contacts in ZL, VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK6. Didn't spend as much time on air as I had hoped because I left home without my ground rod and had to make a quick trip back to a Bunnings to buy a new one - cost me a quarter of the day just to do that. Here's some photos.

 

 

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Looks like a good day for you, I enjoy portable ops now and then too. The 817 is a good radio, and I wonder if a tuner is needed for the EFW you're using. I made an EFW antenna 19m long, and a 9:1 unun for portable, and found this site for wire lengths  http://vk6ysf.com/longwire_antenna.htm using

The usually low noise level is a bonus too.

Are you into the parks awards at all?

Cheers.

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I wasn't using a tuner however if you're stringing it through trees or doing something unusual then SWR could change thus a tuner might be handy.

The antenna used in the photo comes is from http://myantennas.com

I'm not into parks or SOTA yet but I will be once I perfect set up and pull down of my portable station as it develops.

I've got one of these army surplus portable tripod masts that just arrived today and a second one coming.

 

 

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Nice Tripod Robert. You should try making your own baluns for your QRP. It is easy as. Attached pics are what I made for my FT-817ND and it works very well!

 

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On 20/12/2016 at 0:04 AM, VK3FRRR said:

I wasn't using a tuner however if you're stringing it through trees or doing something unusual then SWR could change thus a tuner might be handy.

The antenna used in the photo comes is from http://myantennas.com

I'm not into parks or SOTA yet but I will be once I perfect set up and pull down of my portable station as it develops.

I've got one of these army surplus portable tripod masts that just arrived today and a second one coming.

 

 

29ft-kit-antenna-setup_1024x1024.jpeg

I now have two of these beauties. Now I can put a dipole anywhere :)

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